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NACDL is committed to enhancing the capacity of the criminal defense bar to safeguard fundamental constitutional rights.
NACDL harnesses the unique perspectives of NACDL members to advocate for policy and practice improvements in the criminal legal system.
NACDL envisions a society where all individuals receive fair, rational, and humane treatment within the criminal legal system.
NACDL’s mission is to serve as a leader, alongside diverse coalitions, in identifying and reforming flaws and inequities in the criminal legal system, and redressing systemic racism, and ensuring that its members and others in the criminal defense bar are fully equipped to serve all accused persons at the highest level.
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Nanzella Whitfield is a candidate for First Vice President in NACDL's 2021 election.
The balloting window for NACDL's 2021 general meeting starts on Wednesday, July 7 at 9:00 am Eastern Time, and closes on Wednesday, July 14 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time.
Michael Heiskell is a candidate for First Vice President in NACDL's 2021 election.
There are two candidates for First Vice President in NACDL's 2021 election: Michael Heiskell and Nan Whitfield.
NACDL members annually elect between nine and thirteen members of the Board of Directors, as well as a President-Elect, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer (in even years).
The following NACDL members have been nominated by the Nominating Committee for director and officer positions in the annual election.
Any NACDL member qualified to vote may nominate any other qualified member or themselves for an Officer or Director position.
The success of NACDL’s work depends on the organization’s ability to field a first-rate team. NACDL recently elected two new board members and filled several staff positions.
NACDL elections are run in accordance with, and candidates for NACDL office must adhere to, these board-adopted election policies.